Honda Cars India won’t be launching a diesel variant of the Brio hatchback anytime soon what with the CEO of the company Mr Hironori Kanayama stating that plans for a Brio Diesel don’t exist at the moment. Interestingly, Honda was first spotted testing a turbo diesel engine in India on a Brio hatchback. The Brio Diesel test mules were even caught on video. However, the first turbo diesel powered car for the Indian market was the Honda Amaze, a compact sedan version of the Brio, based on the latter’s platform.
The Amaze is powered by a 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine equipped with a fixed geometry turbocharger. The same engine also does duty on the recently launched 2014 City sedan. Apart from the Amaze and the City sedans, this engine will also find use in upcoming Honda cars such as the Mobilio MPV (mid-end 2014 launch) and the Jazz B+ segment hatchback(early 2015 launch). The all-aluminium diesel engine is a light weight unit that is known for its strong performance and stellar fuel efficiency.
The downside is the amount of noise that this oil burner makes due to its all aluminium construction. The engine is heavily localized and built at Honda’s diesel engine manufacturing unit at Tapukara, Rajasthan. From an enthusiast’s point of view, the Brio with the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel motor (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) would have made an ideal pocket rocket given its low kerb weight and compact dimensions. Why, the car could even have been Honda’s entry into the exciting diesel hot hatchback segment which currently plays host to the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 GT TDI.
Alas, things are not to be given Honda’s focus on the mass market rather than pandering to the desires to a motley bunch of car nuts. Enthusiasts for the part will have to take the nostalgia trip, modifying the fourth generation Honda City VTEC sedans.